Thursday, June 01, 2006

Tostada Salad

I'm a bit behind - it's the last full week of school, next week is finals. Yikes. Our Taco Tuesday dinner was a Tostada Salad. I used flour tortillas and baked them in the oven over a small bowl set on top of an empty can (all this on a cookie sheet). I first got the tortillas wet and then sprayed them a bit with canola oil. I baked them one at a time at 400 for about 5-8 minutes until they looked brown. Then I took them off the can and set them on the cookie sheet and baked a little longer until the inside of the shell was browned as well.

For the salad:

Romaine lettuce, chopped in thin ribbons
sliced black olives
avocado, diced
red bell pepper, diced
grape tomatoes, halved
1 pkg smart ground taco/burrito flavor - browned on stovetop

Mix together with a dressing made from ranch dressing and spicy salsa to taste.

These were really good - the shells were nice and crispy but didn't have that fried, oily taste. The salad was a nice mixture of flavors - even Hallie, who hates Taco Tuesdays, liked it. I made hers with just ranch because she's not as fond of spicy things. But she ate the whole thing!


Crystal said...

Does your non-veg daughter like the smart ground taco "meat"? I've been meaning to try that, but haven't bought any yet. I just tried Smart Bacon and let's say it isn't too smart ;(


jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

What an excellent tip on the tostada shell making!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say--guess who's been a vegetarian for ONE ENTIRE MONTH!

**points at self** ME!
i lurved your blog before --but now, well...I'd show you my boobs i love it so much

funwithyourfood said...

Last week of school? Ekk good luck with the finals. I just graduated last year. Boy do I remember finals time. PHEW
I'm sure you'll do well

Great Salad : )


Guinnah said...

Hi Crystal - yes, my non-veg daughter likes it a lot. I do a bunch of different things for tacos but that smart ground sure is easy!

Hi Jess - it was kind of fun making the shells - like a little construction project :-)

Miss Dana - I'm so excited :-) (For anyone who doesn't know - Dana is one of my breast cancer survivor sistahs - an offer to show boobs is the *highest* form of flattery ;-)) I just thought that might need an explanation!

Hi Teddy - it's my kids taking their high school finals - but somehow it stresses me out more than them! I graduation from college 21 years ago. Holy crow that looks bad in print!

Anonymous said...

Great idea for the tostada shells! We made these for dessert recently, except that we spread a little bit of earth balance on them, and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar to make very tasty sopapillas (filled later with ice cream, fruits, chocolate, and caramel sauce)...yummm!